The Mary Rose Museum made the shortlist for Museum of the
Year, the Art Fund charity said, for its "extraordinary and
elegant" exhibition of the ship, which was rediscovered in 1971
and salvaged in one of the costliest such operations in history.
Other finalists for the award, whose winner will be announced in
July, are the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft in the English
county of East Sussex, the Hayward Gallery in London, the
Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, Tate Britain in
London and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in Norwich.
Stephen Deuchar, director of the Art Fund, and chairman of the
judges, said in a statement that given the quality of the
competition for the prize, it is "no wonder that the
international reputation of UK museums is riding so high".
The Art Fund is a British fundraising charity for art.
($1 = 0.5960 British pounds)
(Reporting by Michael Roddy;
editing by Angus MacSwan)
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